Release Date: May 15, 2012
Record label: Razor & Tie
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Speed/Thrash Metal
Back in the late ’00s, Massachusetts’ Shadows Fall seemed dangerously close to a mainstream breakthrough, releasing a Grammy-nominated album, Threads of Life, that is so catchy, they’re still trying to live it down. 2009’s Retribution was a return to their usual churning riffage and skyscraper harmonies; this, its follow-up, is more of the same, only better. Fire From the Sky is suitably heavy, grim but not ridiculous, and its best songs will remind listeners of Metallica.
Shadows Fall alienated some fans with 2007's Threads of Life. They'd signed to Atlantic and brought the hooks and melodies -- always part of their inherent approach -- to the fore with a production style that was very close to the mainstream's idea of metal. While it sold in decent numbers, charted, and was hotly debated by fans and critics, it wasn't enough to keep Atlantic interested.